Spotlight: Galia Wolloch

For the past several weeks, Israel has been beset by an insidious form of violence. Terrorists, mostly Palestinian youth wielding knives, have carried out random attacks on ordinary people.

The attacks have been centered in Jerusalem, but they have appeared all over the country. This past Tuesday, three Israelis were killed near Jabal Mukaber, an Arab neighborhood in Jerusalem. Police have responded with stepped up security measures.

DCLA Honoree: Rabbi Karen Bender

Rabbi Karen Bender was among the honorees at the 2015 Distinguished Community Leader Award Luncheon, sponsored by the San Fernando Valley Council of NA’AMAT USA. Rabbi Bender is the Skirball Director of Spiritual Life and Campus Rabbi at the Los Angeles Jewish Home.

Here is a portion of her remarks:

NA’AMAT’s 90th Anniversary Project

A Women’s Health Center for Sderot

At the recent Distinguished Community Leader Award Luncheon, sponsored by the San Fernando Valley Council of NA’AMAT, Susan Isaacs, the council’s immediate past president and a current national board member of NA’AMAT USA, described a new project to build a Women’s Health Center in Sderot, Israel. Here is a portion of her remarks.

I’m here today to talk to you about Our 90th Anniversary project, a very special effort that we are undertaking to raise funds to build a Women’s Health Center in the city of Sderot in the Western Negev. Many of you have heard about this small city that is less than a mile from Gaza. It’s been in the news many times – The city has been an ongoing target of rocket attacks by Hamas and other radical terrorists groups since 2001.

NA’AMAT U.S.A. 90TH Anniversary

We are happy and proud to congratulate you in this special occasion, celebrating NA’AMAT U.S.A. 90TH Anniversary.

We highly respect and appreciate our true partnership and friendship all along the years. In the early 1920’s the Haverot of NA’AMAT in the USA began as Pioneer Women, realizing the Zionist dream, committed and devoted to building and enhancing the State of Israel.

Spotlight: Orly Bitty

Orly Bitty is a board member of NA’AMAT Israel and oversees the organization’s multicultural and young generation programs.
A lawyer specializing in labor law and collective agreements, she is a lifelong political activist and a long-time member of Israel’s Labor Party. She describes herself as “a lawyer by profession, but a politician by addiction.” Currently, she leads a program to teach leadership skills to young women.

San Fernando Valley Council Hosts Celebration for Formerly Homeless

Event marks the 1-year anniversary of the opening of LA Family Housing’s Day Street Apartments.

More than two dozen formerly homeless residents of the Day Street Apartments enjoyed an afternoon of good food, door prizes and fun at a special celebration marking the residential facility’s one-year anniversary. The San Fernando Valley Council of NA’AMAT USA hosted the July 19th event on behalf of LA Family Housing, which operates the contemporary 45-unit housing complex. Opened last July in the Los Angeles suburb of Tujunga, the Day Street Apartments provide permanent homes to single adults affected by chronic homelessness.

NA’AMAT Awards University Scholarships to Women Studying Science, Technology

Program supported by NA’AMAT USA and NA’AMAT Canada provides more than $100,000 in scholarship and grants annually to female students in Israel.

Nearly 200 female students received university scholarships to study engineering, science, medicine and other fields at the annual NA’AMAT Scholarship Ceremony held last week in Israel. Sponsored by NA’AMAT USA and NA’AMAT Canada, the program helps women of merit from every level of Israeli society complete their degrees. Scholarships are designed to help them escape poverty, attain promising careers and become contributing members of Israeli society.